Did hockey fans return this weekend for another Detroit/Pittsburgh Stanley Cup final? CBC sure hopes so. Round 3 scores were down from previous years. CBC drew 1,463,000 last Tuesday and 1,338,000 Wednesday with its NHL playoff coverage according to BBM overnight estimates. The lack of Canadian clubs in the playoffs has left CBC way up ice once again this season.
Not that anybody is watching much else on TV these days. As far as the early summer starts go, the return of So You Tbink You Can Dance (1,544,000 Wednesday and 1,374,000 Thursday on the BBM "commercial" index) was the week's big winner, dancing a step higher than CBC's hockey scores. The premiere of Canada's Next Top Model was less of a draw Tuesday night on CTV, with 694,000 tuning in. The Canadian edition of the reality series got beat handily in the timeslot by a repeat of Global's NCIS (986,000), although, in a reverse flip, Top Model took the hour across Canada among 18-49-year-olds.
Global's pickup of the highly derivative Fox summer series, Mental, did 715,000 in its premiere Tuesday. Another 872,000 caught Global's simulcast of the extreme action game show Wipeout Wednesday.